KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18, 2015:
The preparations for the Asean Summit 2015 that will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from Nov 18-22, has been going on “very well”.
As the Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to Asean (CPR) kicked off the agenda for the day, Foreign Ministry’s Head of National Steering Committee for Logistics Asean 2015 Datuk Ilankovan Kolandavel stated that everything was going on smoothly.
“We will be working around the clock to make sure everything is ready by tonight, latest by midnight.
“All arrangement is going on as planned and we are confident to host the Summit successfully.
“Security is our biggest concern and police have doubled the amount of force deployed to the area, as well as cordoned off some roads. We have full trust in our police,” he said when met at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, today.
He said Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman will be making a visit today for the Asean Summit 2015 curtain raiser at 3pm before having a walkabout to check on the progress of the event.
“He will look at all preparations for the event.
“He will then have a pre-council briefing at 4pm.
“Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is expected to arrive in Malaysia at 8.30pm from Manila and he too will have a walkabout here to witness the rehearsal and oversee the food tasting for the gala dinner.”
Security around the summit has been tight with ten roads surrounding the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre being closed for the event in the morning.
Heavy police presence was also visible throughout the area as well as within the Convention Centre.
A source within the Bukit Aman’s Special Action Unit (UTK) said security was tight as a precautionary measure.
“So far everything has gone smoothly.
“The road closures are just to diver traffic away from this area,” he said when met at the Convention Centre.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will open the summit, while Anifah will speak to the media at 3pm today.
The Asean Summit, is from Nov 18-22 and will also see the attendance of leaders from the region as well as United States President Barack Obama, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.